What's your secret to get someone to talk to you when they are giving you the silent treatment?
Stop talking yourself. Anyone who would use silence like that must be someone who likes to talk. If you don't talk to them I doubt they will hold out long once they see you aren't bothered by their silence.
I'm very happy with silence and quiet. I'm the quiet one in a family of talkers. If they would give me the silent treatment I'd be delighted!
It is a very difficult part of seconds and life all together when all are silent to you and you are crazy to talk to somebody.It is so difficult when you want to speak to someone and they keep away.
The worst treatment one can ever have in life is being treated with a silence all over.
However in some relations you can actually start when it doesn't get started from the other end.because somewhere or the other if they don't but you care and love them.With only love and affection we can actually pull someone out of the treatment they are throwing our way and things can get better.
Do not try to strike up a conversation, you will just become ensnared in that person's pathetic little game.
Ignore them. It works like a charm... The only question is being able to do it, some people just can't... I don't find it hard... As soon as they realize that we just don't care about the silent treatment, they start talking...
usually I reflect on what they said before they went silent. I try to sort through what was said and done in order to mind meaning and perhaps ground to acknowledge what was said. Usually this allows the other person to feel heard enough to begin speaking. The first few words they say may not be pleasant though so a good pare of ear plugs may be called for.
I think make them comfortable with talking to you and eventually they will trust you.
if someone isnt talking to you I believe that is because they do not want to talk to you. There are many reasons why someone keeps their distance or prefers to no longer communicate. Everyone isnt about cat or mouse games, some people do stand by their actions. If this concerns a solid relationsip, take the initiative. Regardless of their response express yourself about how you feel about their silence. If your actions aren't successful, this may be a sign for future reference. On the other hand if this is some kind of game (as I don't know if it is worth wasting time to figure it out). They're bound to run circles around the individual that falls for "the game" Grown folk= communication and Game= Game Games and more games. At the end of the day no level of respect exist
In a relationship... giving your partner or your partner giving you 'the silent treatment' is a sign of 2 major negative things (other than the obvious) - Firstly, it indicates that the party doing it, is emotionally immature and likely to have little respect for the value of either you or the relationship. Secondly, this behavior is a known form of abuse and indicates the presence of an abusive, manipulative nature in the party.
The secret to getting someone to talk to you will work every time.... start packing your belongings or enough to stay away for a week, do so in front of them silently and ignore any protests. When you've finished, simply say.. goodbye... I don't accept unacceptable behavior... bye! They will speak immediately... you keep walking and go stay somewhere for 2 days.. saying that it needs to be discussed when you return! Go... if you dwell.. you loose their game and you deserve the problem!
If the silent treatment is because of unresolved relationship issues then perhaps a gesture would be nice, a gift. And with the gift a little note which says something caring like "I love you" (no sarcasm, no in-depth stuff). Just put the gift where they will find it as a surprise. They have to say "thank you"!
If it isn't because of 'issues' then the silent treatment is personal to the other person, so this has to be respected. It's time to do your own thing for a while, but again, not with sarcasm. Make your own plans with friends and leave that 'someone' to themselves for a while. No big deal.
Don't go through too much trouble to try and make the person talk. That's what they want. It's ridiculous. Silence is no excuse for rudeness. Tell them to explain what the problem is; if they don't comply, tune them out, act like nothing is wrong, remain pleasant but not pushy, engage in only surface conversation and go on about your life like the baby isn't pouting.
Silent treatment is only your interpretation of the silence. Maybe the other person is so busy planning your future together...to surprise you...
To give someone the silent treatment points to someone immature who isn't capable of grownup communication. I would consider whether the friendship/relationship was worth continuing. If you truly did something to hurt the other person I would take accountability and apologize for your own actions, but I would also let the other person know that immature behavior and no communication does not solve problems, it only jeopardizes the relationship.
Thumbs up - it's called manipulation. Only recourse? Get 'em pissed off. Yeah - they communicating - but the cops will show up. Saying nothing is still saying something actually.
Discovery, patience, love, fairness, consideration, respect, acknowledgement, understanding, and . . . . . . . . . . . . sometimes, just holding their hand helps - metaphorically or as an allegory, consider the child, lost in the world of parents, seek knowledge of the least at times offers, the wisdom of time - ask of those who have lived, their view(s) will be mixed, grab that flour sifter, refine the known to discover the unknown, and with time that pie, cake, or even gravy will be tasty . . .
I refuse to bother with such people.Silent treatments have everything to do with sulking on the part of those people. They shun communication which cannot be right. People who really care about you talk things over. Silent treatments are nothing but emotional blackmail.
Maybe, if start talking afraid of going to start yelling and get in a fight. You know when I'm totally angry - I write notes so won't get into an emotional meltdown. If i write your a letter - that means I'm pissed but still want to vent.
Writing is also communication, it's just not oral communication. Very sensible thing to do if you're afraid communication gets out of hand. Must be an amusing sight: she: yell, yell, you scribble scribble, she yell yell again etc.
I tend to agree with you R Dorian, it does seem like emotional blackmail.
Providing you haven't done them anything wrong, you should just reciprocate the action! If you know for sure that you haven't done this person any wrong, then you shouldn't even worry about it.
Humans are creatures of habits, so if you continue to allow people to play games like this with you and you keep on giving in --- guess what, sooner or later it will become a pattern. So let them know that you are just as important as they are! If they can do without you, you can do without them likewise!
This is a hell of a question! I could answer this, but it will be so much more interesting...as well as accurate......if "Gabby Van Gibberish," the 82 year-old burnt-out advice columnist, butts-in and tells you what the "secret," is.....
Dear stricktlydating..... ..I'd like to know who the immature ass is, who is using the ridiculous "silent treatment!"
You SURE you want this sore head to talk to you? You may be much better off that they're keeping their stupid mouth SHUT! Think about this a little.
But, if you insist on "getting him/her to talk to you," you may as well play their idiotic game and FEED their EGO......That's the whole point of the silent treatment, you know. This sort of spoiled brat wants you to suffer until you come to your senses and admit they're right......and also, that THEY are the sole reason for your existence.
Try throwing yourself at his/her feet and telling them you don't want to live anymore, if they refuse to talk to you......that your whole life depends upon their love for you and that you are nothing without them.......threaten to commit suicide....offer them money......vow to be their slave forever......
Before they react to your incredible drama.........stop suddenly, stand up and pull yourself together.....put a look of SHOCK on your face....and then calmly say, "Oh my GOD!...I'm sorry......I thought you were someone I actually CARE about!"
Walk away ......and do not look back. Do not GO back. Go directly to the closest park and sit next to the first person you see. Smile and say Hello and ask an interesting question. He/she WILL talk to you.
Snap out of it.......The silent treatment is a form of torture. Unless you enjoy TORTURE.....I suggest you MOVE ON!!! Realistically Yours, Gabby
ptosis.......That's putting an END to THEIR game, in the manner they seem to understand, just to make it CLEAR. As in.."This is how foolish you are and I'm not hanging around for Act II. Final curtain. Bye bye"
Gabby doesn't play games.
LOL! It was enjoyable reading your comment, thanks!
The circumstances determine how you respond to the silent treatment.
I was raised in a household with a parent that did the silent treatment, and it's a weird energy. Sometimes, the silent treatment would go on for days. Sometimes, when you receive the silent treatment, a person is trying to deal with their feelings. And usually, that means they need time to process things. So leave them alone, and don't initiate a conversation unless absolutely necessary. Eventually, they will come around. (This is easier to do if they don't live with you). If they do something small like "like" your Facebook status, then they are more receptive and ready to have a conversation.
If they're not important to you, ignore it. Some people just like attention.
I would simply find out what their issue is. Quite frankly it is their issue. Of course this is easy for me to say; however, ultimately what they are usually doing when this is "turned on" is "over-heating". Now when I say it is their issue; the cause of their issue is usually something you have said or action that you have done; well I mean the one the silence is served to...
Having said all this, you must get them to communicate asap because every time-delay can build exponentially on the potential intensity of the situation. Although a relatively short time period of slence could be healthy if it has occured after a heated altercation between 2 or more parties... Tred carefully.
OKay this is kind of ridiculous, but it works 100% of the time.
I look at the person and start a rambling narrative of what the person might be thinking, speaking it out loud. Example- If they are sitting on the couch with arms crossed, a stern look splashed across thier face I would say...
"I am just going to sit here with my arms crossed, I like crossing my arms, it gives me a feeling of strength. I wonder if I have any armpit moisture under here? Would be dreadful if I sat here all day and got pickled fingers from under arm perspiration."
It always helps to throw in a really funny narrative voice, I like to use the guy from the "Liberty Medical" commercials, you know, that guy from Cocoon.
I find that no human being on the planet can deal with someone doing that without either cracking up, or punching you in the face. But hey, at least it breaks the silence.
I find it quite interesting to listen to the differences in the answers and to listen to how far apart they are from each other or how closely they are. It will never cease to amaze me how we sometimes forget we all interpret the same information differently at times and how we react differently to the same situation. Each response has their point of view and what each writer feels a "logical explanation" for their response. They are all right to each and their own and yet they can be so diverse at the same time. How crazy would it be if in reality there was no real right answer or wrong answer to this situation?
Their silence speaks very loud, and it is deliberate for xyz reason. Without talking, this person is trying to send some kind of message. It's kind of like social bullying.
I would continue to show love to the other person and be respectful, but let him/her know that I am aware of what is going on.
Let him/her know that you're open for communication and that you're concerned with what he/she is feeling. If that person is still acting that way, I would just ignore and move on. It may be tuff, but you don't need anybody playing with your emotions, and there is always more to life, including more relationships to be made.
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